First Year Teacher Self-Study Course

First Year Teacher is a self-paced professional development course for novice K-3 teachers, developed by Reading Rockets. The program provides teachers with an in-depth knowledge of reading so they are prepared to guide their students into becoming skilled and enthusiastic readers.

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Writing: Assignments


The practice guide Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers provides four recommendations for improving elementary students' writing. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks. The recommendations also summarize and rate supporting evidence. This guide is geared toward teachers, literacy coaches, and other educators who want to improve the writing of their elementary students. (Developed by writing expert Steven Graham for the What Works Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Education.)


Watch our webcast Teaching Writing, featuring national experts Steven Graham, Louisa Moats, and Susan Neuman. They address why writing is important, what the latest research tells us, and what educators and parents can do to support our children's development as writers. Discussion questions are included with the webcast.

A Writing Renaissance in the Common Core

Dr. Steve Graham believes that the Common Core will be a game changer for writing instruction in the elementary classroom.

Writing: Assignments
Diary of a First Year Teacher

Diary of a First Year Teacher

Join Barbara Zielinski, a first grade teacher at River Plaza Elementary School in Middletown, NJ, during her first year teaching.

"There is no frigate like a book, to take us lands away" — Emily Dickinson